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South Carolina is famous for its grits and Deep South specialty dishes. But the culinary arts scene is more varied than just this style of cooking. In South Carolina, the culinary world is very diverse, which makes it a great state in which to start your career as a chef.
Community and specialty colleges offer students the option to get the training necessary to work in a kitchen, in a bakery or anywhere else they want to take their culinary career. Some of the best-known schools in the area include the International Culinary Institute and the College of Charleston. Smaller community colleges can be found in other areas around the state. Executive chefs earn an average of $46,000, which is less than in other parts of the country. This number is generally higher among people with a strong education and solid experience.
To get the experience necessary to succeed in the South Carolina market, it is recommended that students take advantage of local festivals and indulge in restaurants or bakeries where they can observe the menus and food and learn about what makes a successful establishment. Some of the best festivals to participate in include the BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival and the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival in Mt. Pleasant. These give both pastry chefs and kitchen chefs the opportunity to explore new foods and meet others in the South Carolina culinary arts industry.
As you make your journey toward a career in cooking, get an education at one of the many culinary schools to help boost your resume and potentially also your paycheck.
South Carolina ranks as the United States’ 24th most populous and the 40th largest state in the terms of total area. Located on the east coast, the state shares its northern border with North Carolina and its southern and western border with Georgia. With a total land area of 32,020 square miles, South Carolina’s geography is defined by lakes, rivers, coast, mountains, dunes, marshes, estuaries, and forests.
South Carolina is a favorite destination for culinary arts students. The popular culinary arts schools are Bob Jones University, Greenville Technical College, Horry Georgetown Technical College, The Art Institute of Charleston, The Culinary Institute of Charleston, The Culinary & Wine Institute at USC, and University of South Carolina College of Hospitality.
Generally, the climate is South Carolina can be described as humid subtropical. In “Upcountry” and “Upstate” high elevation areas, the climate may not exhibit the usual characteristics of a subtropical nature. In the summer, the temperature ranges from 19 to 34 degrees Celsius and in the winter, the temperature ranges from 0 to 16 degrees Celsius.
Guided by the state slogan “Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places”, South Carolina residents are well-known for their hospitality. The state has an official dance called the Carolina Shag Dancing, and “beach music” is still popular, especially in Myrtle Beach. South Carolina also has a rich heritage in the arts, music, and literature.
South Carolina’s population was estimated to be 4,679,230 in 2011. The main ethnic groups in the state are Whites, African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Natives, Asians, and Hispanic.
Columbia, Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Rock Hill, Greenville, and Summerville are the largest cities in South Carolina.
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